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Grandidiers Mongoose Galidictis grandidieri
2012-06-14 18:06:27

Grandidier's mongoose (Galidictis grandidieri) is native to the island of Madagascar. Its range is small, comprising a small area of southwestern Madagascar. It prefers to inhabit spiky forest undergrowth within this range. Its other common names include Grandidier's vontsira and the giant-striped mongoose. This mongoose was named after Alfred Grandidier, and is one of the rarest mongooses on...

Silky Sifaka Propithecus candidus
2012-06-05 10:11:49

The silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus), also known as silky simpona, is a large lemur that is native only to the island of Madagascar. This lemur is one of the rarest creatures on earth, because it is so endangered and because of its small range. It is one of only nine sifaka species of lemur, and was previously thought to have been a subspecies of the diademed sifaka until 2007. Its range...

Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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